Coach Bo Ryan’s Shooting Down Cancer
On October 23rd, Coach Bo Ryan and his wife Kelly hosted the 3rd Annual Shooting Down Cancer event at the Kohl Center. The event supported the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin program. Since Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin started in 2007, it has grown to be the largest Coaches vs. Cancer program nationwide, drawing support from businesses and individuals from across Wisconsin at its spring gala. The event was a HUGE success, raising $53,355. In addition, four individuals made generous matching gifts, which made the grand total a whopping $276,775!!!
History of Shooting Down Cancer: As a way to get the student body involved in the fight against cancer, Coach Bo Ryan and his wife hosted the 1st Charity Stripe Challenge (there has since been a name change) in 2012. They pledged to donate $1 for each student that attended, $10 for every free-throw, and $1,000 for every half-court shot sunk. The Ryan’s have personally donated over $163,000 over the last three years as a result of the great student turnout for this challenge – much of which was driven through social media at #MakeBoPay.
Shooting Down Cancer itself is targeted to the entire student body of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through partnerships with the UW Student Athletes, the American Cancer Society’s College Against Cancer Chapter, the University of Wisconsin’s Greek System and all varieties of student organizations, the challenge will draw students from across the University of Wisconsin (last year over 2,000 participated) campus.
Young Professionals Event
At the same time Shooting Down Cancer was being conducted, the Coaches vs. Cancer Young Professionals Chapter (ages 21-45 from across the Madison metro area) hosted its 2nd Annual Young Professionals Event in a club overlooking the action on the Kohl Center. This event drew from all employment sectors across Madison, and was led by young community leaders who want to give back in the fight against cancer. Attendees had the opportunity to come together and socialize as they watched Coach Ryan donate for every shot sunk by the student body. They enjoyed gourmet ballgame food and beverages during the action.
Thanks to a sold out crowd, the Young Professionals Event raised nearly $30,000 in its second year!